First film in the Monogram series. Made before most of the regular moved to the studio.
February 29, 2012
First Film Of The Series
If you're looking for Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall, they ain't in this one. This was the first Eastside Kids Picture and was produced by Sam Katzman. If you're looking for Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and others more familiar to the series, they aren't in this one. This is mostly a carbon copy of the Dead-End Kids/Little Tough Guys series which was being shot at Universal Pictures at that time. It's a straight-up crime drama/melodrama with Leon Ames as the cop central to the story. This set of kids were unknowns but fit the bill nicely. It moves right along. No comedy in this one. Katzman re-vamped the series after this first film and added comedy and slowly added elements of the Dead End Kids/Little Tough Guys series as the actors became available. That's one reason there is a lot of confusion between the series. This film stands up well on it's own. Picture aznd sound quality very good.Buffs only, I believe. Enjoy.